Incident reports regarding jail fatality are disclosable under OPRA

Upholding a lower court, an Appellate Court ruled on 6/4/2018 that incident reports relating to a Union County jail inmate’s death are disclosable, subject to appropriate redactions for personal identifiers. The Court rejected the argument that an incident report is exempt from disclosure as a medical record.   NJ Open Government Notes Appeals court rules Read More …

NJ Supreme Court requires disclosure of buyers of auctioned public property

On May 23, 2018, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the sale of public property calls for transparency and that the identity of buyers at public auctions must be disclosed in order to guard against fraud and abuse. The particular case before the Court concerned the sale of confiscated sports memorabilia. We note that Read More …

Lyndhurst Twp. pays videographer, provides limited access to videos

Following last year’s adoption of an ordinance restricting video-recording of the Township’s governing body meetings, Lyndhurst Township now pays for the service but has yet to make the videos readily available. The original plan when the Board of Commissioners voted to hire the videographer was to post the videos online on the Township’s official website.  Read More …

Insurance executives’ compensation should be disclosed, says NJ DOBI

Insurance buyers have an interest in understanding how insurance executives are being compensated. The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (NJ DOBI) holds that such information is public.   The Inquirer | Philly.com N.J. regulators back disclosure of health insurers’ executive pay by Harold Brubaker & Andrew Seidman, staff writers April 4, 2018   Read More …